This Kid’s Apology to Nintendo for Breaking His 3DS Is Adorable and Tragic

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An 8-year-old Japanese boy who never goes anywhere without his Nintendo 3DS recently had a mishap that wrecked his beloved game console and forced him to send it to Nintendo for repairs. The formal written apology he attached is simultaneously one of the saddest and most adorable things on the internet this week, and Japanese Twitter is obsessed with it.

According to @illil_, a Twitter account that the 8-year-old’s parents started to record the amusing things he says and does, the boy put his 3DS in his backpack along with a thermos full of water, but didn’t screw the thermos lid on the way. Good-bye, 3DS.

The kid was apparently quite sorry about what happened and determined not to make the same mistake again. Here’s what he wrote to Nintendo, according to Kotaku:

I apologize for accidentally getting [my 3DS] wet. I’d like to think I’ve already resigned myself to not seeing my 3DS, which is always with me. From here on out, I aim to close my thermos’ lid correctly. I am truly sorry.

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@illil_ says the system is already on the way back from Nintendo, but the issue now is whether the 8-year-old’s Yo-Kai Watch data was saved. Apparently, the boy had been playing the game determinedly for 30 minutes a day, and had already become friends with a lot of the monsters in the game. His parents have tried to “calmly convey the possibility” that he might have lost all that progress.

Now that more than 20,000 people are invested in the kid’s story, @illil_ has promised to report back tomorrow about the status of their son’s saved game. A nightmare ordeal, by 8-year-old standards. Best of luck to you, little dude.